Since yesterday we addressed the challenges with the extreme left player, “The thinker.” We thought it would only be fair to address the extreme right, “ The non thinker.”
For a long time this player has been an extreme challenge. How do you teach someone to feel if they won’t focus long enough to try and feel?
Then one day, I thought maybe I am asking the wrong question. Maybe its not that they don’t want to feel, maybe they don’t know how to feel and if they don’t know how to feel. Maybe they don’t know how feel because they don’t know how to focus. Maybe they don’t know how to focus because they never learned in the first place.
So one day I tried something. I stopped trying to teach them how to feel and started to teach them how to focus.
You do this by giving them objectives not goals. Understanding the difference is the key. The goal is to hit the ball hard. The goal is to stay balanced. The objective, is to keep the pressure in the middle both feet so that you stay balance. Take your shoes off and concentrate on the area in the middle of your foot. Here it is.
The result means nothing only the objective. Once the objective has been mastered then you move to another.
Magically the problem learner started to understand how focus helps him feel and if he could feel then he could get better. Over time the “non thinker” finally began to match the thinker in the middle. He simply did not know how to do what the thinker does naturally.
Sometimes you just need to ask the right question.
Know the Why.